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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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Dassault announces ultra-long range Falcon 8X

Posted  May 19, 2014

Dassault Aviation May 19 launched the Falcon 8X, the newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra-long range category. The Falcon 8X will offer a range of 6,450 nautical miles and will feature the longest cabin of any Falcon. Moreover, it will offer the same low operating economics and the remarkable operating flexibility for…

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News Briefs May 19, 2014

Posted  May 19, 2014

Fire crews make progress on Camp Pendleton fires Marine Corps officials say fire crews are continuing to make progress in battling three fires at Camp Pendleton. Lt. Ryan Finnegan said May 18 that the largest fire has chewed through 15,000 acres and is 55 percent contained. Finnegan says another fire that started at a Naval…

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Headlines May 19, 2014

Posted  May 19, 2014

News: VA’s top health official resigns amid scandal over delays in vets’ care - The Veterans Affairs Department’s top health official abruptly resigned May 16 amid the exploding scandal over delays in veterans’ care.   Business: Airbus looks to overseas, cyber to grow business - free-spending days of the mid-2000s are all but over for the defense…

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AAR expands support of Boeingís U.S. Army CH-47 helicopter recapitalization program

Posted  May 21, 2014

AAR has won a contract that expands its component repair support of Boeingís Helicopter Recapitalization Program for the U.S. Army. Under a five-year general terms agreement on Multi Year II, AAR will overhaul multiple components on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. This is a significant increase over AARís portion of Boeingís initial Multi Year I program….

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Aegis Ashore launches Standard Missile-3 for first time

Posted  May 21, 2014

The Missile Defense Agency conducted the first flight test of the Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 from the Aegis Ashore weapon system, which is designed to protect U.S. deployed and NATO forces in Europe from ballistic missile attack. The non-intercept scenario tested the safe launch and fly-out of an SM-3 Block IB against a simulated target; an…

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From wind tunnel tests to software reviews, NASA’s CCP continue to advance

Posted  May 21, 2014

Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil by 2017. Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Space Exploration Technologies are accomplishing milestones established through Space Act…

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U.S. wants to advance military relations with China despite hacking incident

Posted  May 21, 2014

A day after the Justice Department charged five members of China’s military with hacking into computer networks of American companies, a Defense Department spokesman said the Pentagon wants to continue developing military relations with Beijing. We still desire, from a military perspective, to further grow and develop the military-to-military relationship and to find ways to…

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Lockheed Martin receives $34 million in contracts for Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds

Posted  May 21, 2014

Lockheed Martin recently received two contracts totaling $34.3 million from the U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force for Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTR) production. A $21.8 million U.S. Navy follow-on contract represents the second order of ELGTRs against a four-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract received in 2013. Under the follow-on contract, Lockheed…

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Ball Aerospace completes final phase of DARPA MOIRE telescope program

Posted  May 21, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed thermal vacuum environmental tests on critical components for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Membrane Optic Imager Real-Time Exploitation telescope. Two sections of the primary mirror composite back structure and the structure deployment hinges successfully underwent environmental tests to simulate the temperature range and vacuum of a space…

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Boeing 737 MAX surpasses 2,000 orders

Posted  May 21, 2014

Boeing celebrated a milestone achievement May 20 on the 737 MAX program, surpassing the 2000th order for the super-efficient single-aisle airplane. With the addition of 30 orders from unidentified customers this week, the 737 MAX now has a total of 2,010 orders from 39 customers worldwide, valued at $209 billion at list prices. The 737…

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